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Atlantic Cup loss, USWNT callups, and US Open Cup: Freedom Kicks for 22 August 2019

Soccer, go!

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MLS: New York Red Bulls at D.C. United Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

A bad game made worse because it was a bad game against the Red Bulls. Let’s just get straight to the links:

Wayne Rooney sent off as D.C. United falls 2-1 to New York Red Bulls - Black And Red United: The first 30 minutes of that game were terrible, and the second 45 were average at best. With the playoffs starting to slip away, even while D.C. United are technically in a qualifying spot, this weekend’s game at the Philadelphia Union, currently tied for the conference lead, is close to a must-win.

Spirit split points with Royals after weather delay - Washington Spirit: It wouldn’t be a Spirit game at home without a weather delay. Like the men, they also drop some much-needed points.

Staab, DiBiasi called up to U.S. Women’s National Team Under-23s - Washington Spirit: On the positive side for the Spirit, two of their rookies get recognition for their great play so far with callups to the USWNT U-23s.

The free New York City youth soccer camp funded by a D.C. United co-owner | When Steve Kaplan came in, he also brought some co-owners with him. One of them, Al Tylis, has a cool-sounding youth soccer camp up in New York.

Head coach Rémi Garde dismissed | Montreal Impact: I mean, when you can jump on a coach already fired this season, you have to do it, right?

Even though he is no longer on Twitter, Merritt Paulson can still drop hints about expansion franchises for the NWSL.

As newer MLS rivalries get pushed to the forefront, is the Atlantic Cup dead? | The Athletic: After last night, the answer looks to be no, but in the lead-up to this game there were questions. The league itself has done the rivalry no favors with scheduling and promotion, either.

Experience MLS like a die-hard fan | ESPN: This is an interesting look into the fan experiences at some of the other MLS stadia throughout the league.

Eighty-Nine Amateur Teams Approved for 2020 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Qualifying | US Soccer: Five teams from Maryland, one team from DC, and six teams from Virginia. Go local!

Atlanta United signs Luiz Fernando to MLS contract | Atlanta United FC: I throw this in because Fernando left Corinthians’ academy to sign with the Richmond Kickers, with whom he played for three seasons before signing with Atlanta United II. Congrats Luiz!

That’s all I have. What’s up?